Incumbent Assembly Member Anthony Palumbo won the Republican primary election by a large margin yesterday, beating back a challenge by Mike Yacubich of Shoreham with more than 80 percent of the votes cast, according to unofficial results published by the Suffolk Board of Elections.
Palumbo had 2,740 votes to Yacubich’s 641 votes in the Second Assembly District primary race.
He will now face a challenge in the November general election by Democrat Rona Smith of Southold.
Palumbo fought to keep Yacubich off the ballot and avoid a primary election. The Suffolk County Board of Elections tossed the challenger’s petitions on technical grounds, but Yacubich prevailed in litigation, forcing yesterday’s party election.
In a contested Democratic primary for the Suffolk Surrogate’s Court nomination, Family Court Judge Theresa Whelan, a Democrat, defeated Tara Scully, a registered Republican seeking the Democratic line. Democrats voting yesterday favored Whelan, of Wading River, by a margin of nearly 65 percent to 35 percent.
Scully is the Republican party nominee for Surrogate and will face Whelan in the general election, currently a three-way race with Conservative candidate Deborah Poulos. Whelan’s name will appear on the Independence Party line in November, while Scully has the Green and Reform party lines.